More Shopping Histories from the High Street

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A few more shopping histories today to complete the set! I mentioned C&A the other day in Swinging Sixties fashion shows C&A was a chain of fashion retail clothing stores which evolved from a textiles company founded by two Dutch brothers, Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, in 1841. The UK shops were started in the 1920s…… Continue reading More Shopping Histories from the High Street

More High Street shopping history

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In the late 1960s I needed a Saturday job and managed to get one at WH Smith. I also applied to Boots the Chemists, another High Street stalwart. Although I knew that Boots had originated as a family firm based in Nottingham I was unaware of the details. John Boot was born in 1815 and…… Continue reading More High Street shopping history

Another High Street history

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In the late 1960s I really needed a Saturday job. I couldn’t get one at Woolworths but had more success at WH Smith. I hoped to work in the record department but the manager decided I was better suited to the toy department. For over a year I donned my blue nylon overall, fixed a…… Continue reading Another High Street history